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CIS & Analytics: Networking, System Administration & Security BSBA

Making a Difference with Information Technology

As a Computer Information Systems - Networking student at the University of Central Missouri, you will learn to adapt to constant changes in technology, leading to lifelong learning and workplace success. UCM’s CIS program encompasses not only an in-depth knowledge of information technology, but also an understanding of business processes and policies which dictate the existing, dynamic business environment.

Organizations and individuals rely on current, accessible information delivered through a variety of devices to navigate everyday life.  Information Systems, facilitating information flow, storage and retrieval, are essential.  Those with analytical abilities and an interest in computing technologies can make great contributions to organizations and society through CIS.


What is "Computer Information Systems"?

All organizations, large or small, for-profit, non-profit or charitable, multi-national or "Mom & Pop," rely on timely, accurate and useful information to enhance decision making.  Everyday organizations fail due to poor decision-making and/or an inability to communicate with their customers, employees or other stakeholders.

Thus, technology and people who understand its capabilities are essential to organizational success.  Working with individuals to define their informational needs and then creating applicable, technical solutions is a continually dynamic, challenging and satisfying experience.  It is fun to figure out how to make technology work, but it is even more rewarding using that technology to make someone's job easier or more effective.  That smile on their face will put a smile on yours.


The CIS Major with an Emphasis on Networking, System Administration and Security

As a CIS Major, you will obtain a hands-on foundation in Microsoft Visual C#®, web application development, Java®, Microsoft SQL Server®, local area networking and systems analysis and design.  You will extend your studies with implementation Cisco® networking components, Windows and Linux server configuration, network and systems security, virtualization and network design.  Elective courses cover advanced web development, software engineering and information security management or you may select other software development courses.  Many students complete an internship for course credit to gain additional, real-world experience. 

In the senior project course, you will team with other students of systems administration and software development to create a comprehensive solution to a business problem from the ground up.

All classes will require you to apply what you are learning to relevant problems that may occur in a business context.  To better understand that business context, CIS majors are required to complete foundational business classes for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.


Computer Information Systems, BSBA - Area 2: Networking, System Administration and Security

Relevant Curriculum

You will learn current technologies!  Because CIS faculty remain engaged with the information systems workplace and they regularly meet with IT professionals who review the CIS course offerings, you can be sure that the knowledge and skills you obtain are desired by employers. 

As a CIS student, you will learn to adapt to constant changes in technology, leading to lifelong learning and workplace success. UCM’s CIS program encompasses not only an in-depth knowledge of information technology, but also an understanding of business processes and policies that dictate the existing dynamic business environment.

Personalized Attention

Our 17-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you’ll receive the personalized attention you deserve. You’ll learn from experienced faculty members who are nationally recognized scholars. They are dedicated to mentoring you and doing all they can to help you succeed.

Accreditation: It Means Quality

Accreditation means an external agency has found that the program meets rigorous standards and has processes in place which will ensure its continued quality. The Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies is accredited in Business and Accounting by AACSB International. 

In addition, the CIS program is accredited in Information Systems by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,  

Only a dozen IS programs in the United States are so dually accredited. 


 Through your CIS classes, you will have access to many information technology resources including:
  • 120+ computers in six dedicated labs
  • a user experience design testing lab
  • numerous Cisco® networking components
  • Wired and wireless access to the campus high-speed Internet
  • Access to software through the Microsoft® Imagine, EMC® Academic Alliance and Oracle Academy programs

CIS Success Stories

  • CIS graduates see success in industry with 100% placement rate within six months of graduation.
  • UCM CIS students placed 1st in Visual C# Development and obtained Honorable Mention in Security at the 2016 AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair®

CIS Program Mission

Program Mission Statement:

The primary mission of the program is to offer outcomes-based, assessment driven, academic programs to prepare students for careers in information systems and information technology.  The program also serves the community by providing technology-related service courses to fulfill the needs of the 21st century workforce.

Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in Computer Information Systems (CIS) are expected to:

  1. Successfully apply their analytical and problem-solving skills to develop technical solutions in a variety of domains.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate leadership using workplace professional and ethical expectations.
  3. Update their knowledge and skills for professional growth and to meet the needs of industry.

Adopted 12/31/2021 

CIS Program Student Outcomes

CIS Program Student Outcomes

Adopted March 2, 2018
Graduates of the program will have an ability to:

1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.

2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.

3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts. 

4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.

5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline

6. Support the delivery, use, and management of information systems within an information systems (IS) environment. 

CIS Context and Environment

CIS Context and Environment

Historical Context:

Ever since the inception of what is now the Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) Department, beginning with Data Processing courses offered in the 1960s, the program has been offered through a Business academic unit.  Throughout these years, the curriculum has emphasized preparing students to provide technology solutions to business and organizational information needs.  Today, the CISA programs continue as a part of the School of Business Administration within the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies.  Students who major in Computer Information Systems (CIS) are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree.

Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) Environment:

The Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) Environment consists of integrating and applying technology and related technical processes with people and business processes to facilitate communication, coordination and decision making by individuals, workgroups and the enterprise in support of the organization’s mission and objectives.

Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) Environment Exposure:

This is achieved by the students gaining a solid understanding of organizational principles and practices, how organizations function and an in-depth knowledge of supporting technologies.

Students are exposed to the Computer Information Systems and Analytics (CISA) Environment through:

Forty-two hours of required, business classes:

ACCT 2101    Principles of Financial Accounting

ACCT 2102    Principles of Managerial Accounting

BLAW 2720    Legal Environment of Business

ECON 1010    Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 1011    Principles of Microeconomics

FIN 2801       Business Statistics I

FIN 3801       Business Statistics II

FIN 3850       Principles of Finance

MKT 3405      Marketing Policy

CIS 3630       Management Information Systems

MGT 3315      Management of Organizations

MGT 3325      Business Communications

MGT 3360      Production/Operations Management

ICAP 4357     Organizational Policy & Strategy

Business Problems: Use of business-oriented examples and problems in all CISA classes

Senior Project Course (CIS 4690): Students from the systems administration and software development tracks form a group which designs and implements a comprehensive information systems solution to a given business problem.

Internships: Many CIS students are able to complete a business internship which is administered through the Harmon College Internship Office within the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies.

Annual Enrollment and Graduation Data

Program Acreditation 

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The BSBA in Computer Information Systems - Networking, System Administration and Security option is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.


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Someswar Kesh, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Information Systems & Analytics
Dockery 300D
Tel: Tel: (660) 441-0721


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